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vvww88vvww88 Posts: 20Member Member Posts: 20Member Member
Hi there. So I just recently hit my dream goal weight 🙌.

But now it’s time to figure out how to maintain this weight without losing or gaining again.... I never thought it would be tricky but after reading loads of posts I’m so nervous I will just start gaining again. How did you figure out your new caloric intake? Did anything else change for you during maintenance?

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  • lx1xlx1x Posts: 14,258Member Member Posts: 14,258Member Member
    Nah..it's the same.. keep good track and within your maintainance calories
  • Lynzdee18Lynzdee18 Posts: 501Member Member Posts: 501Member Member
    Yes. Keep tracking. I was in maintenance for over a year. Quit tracking and I’m back losing again. Hopefully I’ve learned my lesson. If you’re mindful of your intake and activity, you should be fine. 😀
  • umbramirrorumbramirror Posts: 178Member Member Posts: 178Member Member
    I'm new to maintenance too. Congratulations on reaching your goal weight! I'm trying a TDEE method right now, so I inputted my data into a bunch of TDEE calculators and found an average. Basically, I eat those amount of calories per day on average (taking into account activity level and exercise).

    It can take experimentation to find the right intake for you so if it makes you more comfortable, you can slowly increase your daily calories by 100 calories or so each week or two to see at which point you will maintain. Best of luck!
  • AnnPT77AnnPT77 Posts: 12,166Member Member Posts: 12,166Member Member
    As far as the figuring out the calorie level, there's a thread that discusses alternative methods, plus a bit about monitoring.

    http://community.myfitnesspal.com/en/discussion/10638211/how-to-find-your-maintenance-calorie-level
  • thanos5thanos5 Posts: 502Member Member Posts: 502Member Member
    nothing to offer except my best wishes. i'm scared as well lol.
  • nowine4menowine4me Posts: 3,956Member, Premium Member Posts: 3,956Member, Premium Member
    Excellent work OP. Keep weighing every day and remember it’s a range, not a number. Make quick corrections and don’t let it slide beyond range in either direction (I wish I had taken this advice). Do whatever you did to lose weight —assuming it wasn’t something drastic— but with a few more calories.
  • sgt1372sgt1372 Posts: 3,212Member Member Posts: 3,212Member Member
    Trial and error.

    If you've been losing wt on the cals based on the cals you've been logging/burning and you now want to maintain, increase the cals by about 100 cals a day/700 a wk for a couple of weeks and see what happens. If you continue to drop, decrease by another 100 cals a day and so on.

    You will eventually start gaining BUT don't freak out when that 1st happens and immediatrly drop your cals back. Allow at least 2 wks for your body to fully adjust to the new cal intake and then reassess.

    Eventually, you'll find the right cal and activity level for you.

    Good luck!
  • Hammig74Hammig74 Posts: 28Member, Premium Member Posts: 28Member, Premium Member
    Five months in and still working it out. So far, here’s what I consider important:

    Track everything honestly
    Exercise regularly, almost everyday
    Drink lots of water
    Eat the same most days of the week
    Reach out to others just as you did here
    Control your indulgences
    Don’t binge eat
    Plan ahead

    Hope this helps

    vvww88 wrote: »
    Hi there. So I just recently hit my dream goal weight 🙌.

    But now it’s time to figure out how to maintain this weight without losing or gaining again.... I never thought it would be tricky but after reading loads of posts I’m so nervous I will just start gaining again. How did you figure out your new caloric intake? Did anything else change for you during maintenance?

  • apullumapullum Posts: 4,240Member Member Posts: 4,240Member Member
    I started with the maintenance calorie goal MFP gave me. It's worked well for me, and I continue to log my exercise separately.

    You might choose to gradually add calories rather than jumping straight to what you think your maintenance calories will be. That will help prevent the weight fluctuation that you might see from increasing your calories all at once.

    I still do almost exactly what I did while I was losing weight, except that I get to eat a little more now. I only got 200 more calories in maintenance than I did while losing, which I've used on a bigger and more nutrient dense breakfast.
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